It’s Monday, what are you reading? (1/25/21)

I haven’t felt well for a couple of days (bad back) so I’ve been listening to an old favorite while trying to sleep and distract myself from my aches and pains. Isn’t it interesting how you can divert your brains attention in another direction? I’m sure there are a ton of medical papers on that but I’ve found that an audiobook will help me fall asleep when my brain won’t shut down, and in this case distract me from the pain I’m feeling. Enough about that, let’s talk about the books that I’ve been reading.

This post originated over on Book Date, so thanks for the idea and letting me continue on the discussion about what books I am reading.

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Mercy Thompson is one of my favorite female fantasy characters. She’s tough, but doesn’t mind having a soft side. She’s loyal to a fault, but she’s also a lot of fun. If you’re looking for an action packed fantasy series to listen to I do recommend this one.

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The third book in the Central Park Pact and one I look forward to getting into. I have enjoyed the first two novels and really have gotten to like this author’s style. This is the only series of her’s I’ve read and I’m looking forward to digging into some others.

Happy Monday everyone! What book are you reading to help jump start your week?

Deb

It’s Monday, what are you reading? (1/18/21)

A wonderful weekend where I actually did find time to curl up and read a couple of books. What did it take to get me there? Ilona Andrews released a book last week! For those of you who know me well, you know I’ll drop everything to read one of their books. It seemed to jump start my reading because then I picked up another. Maybe I’ve gotten my reading mojo back?

This post originated over on Book Date, so thanks for the idea and letting me continue on the discussion about what books I am reading.

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Set in the Kate Daniels world, this is Julie’s book. A lot has happened in the eight years since she left home and Julie is not the same person anymore. Turns out, no one else is the same either. The only negative thing I can say is that it ended in a cliff hanger and I just hate those.

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I am back in Moose Springs, Alaska with my new favorite cast of characters. Didn’t the second book just come out? This is a pretty speedy release, but that’s ok because these are totally cute. I’ve just gotten started but it looks like another fun book with a sassy heroine. And guess what? I have tomorrow off. I think I might spend it reading.

What book are you reading this fine Monday?

Have a great week!

Deb

It’s Monday, what are you reading? (1/11/21)

This week has been more about watching the news than it’s been about reading but I did manage to finish one book and start another. Again, I’m sticking to romance novels where I’m guaranteed a happy ending because I still feel the need for that kind of resolution in my own world. 🙂

This post originated over on Book Date, so thanks for the idea and letting me continue on the discussion about what books I am reading.

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This novels struck the right chord at the right time for me. I loved the characters, the feeling of family, and the love story. I’d recommend it completely should you be in the right mood for a romance!

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I just started this novel but I have high hopes based on Emma Lord’s last novel Tweet Cute, which I thought was adorable. This is a YA contemporary novel and the characters seem interesting so far! I’ll let you know what I think.

What books are you reading this fine Monday? Please let me know in the comments below!

Have a great week and happy reading!

Deborah

It’s Monday, what are you reading? (1/4/21)

I finally managed to get a good bit of reading in during my break from work over the last 10 days. I did also stream some shows with my husband. I know last week I talked about Bridgerton, but over New Years my husband and I streamed Ted Lasso on Apple TV. Such a funny and heart warming show. If you have that service you should give it a try. Now back to my reading materials.

This post originated over on Book Date, so thanks for the idea and letting me continue on the discussion about what books I am reading.

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I read Motion, Space, and Time back to back over two days. The first two books being cliffhangers. I have been reading some books I’ve had stored on my kindle and Motion was one of those. Luckily I was able to find Space and Time at the library and didn’t have to wait to borrow the e-books. This was a really good series! Technically she has them listed as books 4,5,6 in the Hypothesis series, but these can be read separately from books 1-3 which have different characters. I love how her characters are flawed and real rather than being these perfect individuals that none of us can dream of being. These were good and I totally recommend them.

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I’m about half way through this novel and it’s really good! It’s rare when you can’t count on Nora Roberts to deliver a good story. Her pace and pattern of the story is familiar but I’m enjoying it a lot and can’t wait to get back to it.

What book did you read over the holiday and what will you be reading as we head into our new week? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

Happy New Year and have a great Monday!

Deb

The 2020 Book Tag: The Reading Chick

I can’t wait for this year to be over, but it wasn’t all bad. I read some great books, but then I also read some that just missed the mark. So, when I was tagged by this young teen from Manchester, England who writes the blog Hundreds & Thousands of Books I thought this tag would be a good way to celebrate some great books and not so great books in a truly awful year. BTW if you haven’t checked out Hundreds & Thousands of Books and you’re a YA fan, you need to get over there and check her out!

Now, I do need to give props to the creator of this tag.

As with most of these, there are rules to follow. I only mention them in case you want to join in and answer these questions yourself!

  • Link back to the original creator, Phoenix @Books With Wings
  • Thank the person who tagged you
  • Answer all the questions 
  • Tag at least 4 people- ( I am going to actually break this rule and open it up to anyone who would like to join in!)

PART ONE: THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR 2020

Name a book you were really excited to read:

I had received this book at a book convention and was curious. Nalini Singh writes paranormal romances but A Madness of Sunshine was said to be a straightforward mystery. How would this author change genre’s? Would she do it well? Let’s just say that I was not disappointed but then I wasn’t overly excited by it either. If you’d like to read my review, click HERE.

Name a book that started out really well and then….

What happens when you’re introduced to the heroine and you really like her but when you meet the hero you just go “huh”. Well, I really, really didn’t like the hero Dominic in this novel and had a tough time getting past that feeling.

If you’d like to read my full review click HERE.

PART TWO: THE WORLD GOES ON HOLD

My world went on hold the second week in March when I got sent home to work from home and well, I’ve never gone back. I’m still working from home.

Name a book that had an unexpected plot twist.

I had enjoyed this author’s previous novel The Dinner List but it had in no way prepared me for the emotional turmoil I’d be in reading In Five Years. Talk about twists and turns. Read my review for a short insight into this novel but I still don’t give away any secrets, except to say that I did like this book. Click HERE to read that review.

Name a book that felt like nothing happened.

This novel actually had a lot of things going on, but since it centered around an old folks home it had a very slow pace. There were a LOT of emotional traps in this slow pace so it’s not that nothing happened it just moved a little more slowly than my usual books. I also really enjoyed the change in fictional scenery. Click HERE to read my review.

Name a book where two main characters were separated.

Considering I read a lot of romance novels and Urban Fantasy this was a tough one to answer. I had to go with interpreting this question as two characters who were emotionally distant and came up with this novel. These two characters were married and where having difficulties. They separated briefly, but of course, resolved everything and got back together. I liked this novel too! LOL. If you’d like to read my review please click HERE.

PART THREE: THE WORLD TRIES TO REOPEN AND BEGINS THE SECOND WAVE…

Name a book where the characters made a bad decision.

This novel just had all sorts of problems for me. Most of all was our heroine pretending to be the “nanny” to stay with her child and the hero a stodgy Duke. I just really didn’t care for how this novel was written. If you’d care to read my review please click HERE.

Name a book with an impatient, overly eager character.

I really struggled with this one and finally settled on this novel. It’s the political intrigue that created a feeling of impatience though, not really the character.

Click HERE to read my review of this novel.

PART FOUR: THE WORLD ADJUSTS (SORT OF)

Name a book in which the character’s goals change midway.

Our main character Josie is pretty self-centered. She wants to make it big in musical theater, but when she takes a chance on it life throws her a curve and she has to adjust her priorities. This was a very different sort of coming of age novel. Not my favorite of the year, but it was interesting. If you’d like to read my review please click HERE.

PART FIVE: THE END & LOOKING FORWARD

Name a book whose sequel you really anticipated or are anticipating.

I LOVED the first book in this series and whereas I still liked this one, it didn’t live up to the original. Read my review HERE.

Name a book whose sequel was better than the original.

I read a LOT of series and I’m going back through last year and I can’t come up with a sequel better than the original. However, in some series a book #3 or #4 may be better than the first because the characters are more developed and I’m more all in on where the author has taken that character. This novel was that for me.

Every book in this series is better than the book before. This is an all time favorite series of mine to date. Click HERE to read my review.

Name a book you read just to finish it despite your dislike of the novel.

I am trying so hard to pick authors that I like to read because this year I’ve really struggled to immerse myself in a story. I did recently re-read a novel because I was hoping I’d like it more the second time. I didn’t. I do really like the author but she’s hit or miss for me now.

This is an older novel of this author’s and to be fair I’ve read two of her’s recently that I really liked. Then read a third and disliked it too, so there’s that. 🙂 If you’d like to read my review of this novel click HERE.

Now, I’m supposed to tag 4 other bloggers, but instead of putting someone on the hook I’ll leave the choice up to you. If you’d like to do this tag, please feel free! I would like to be tagged in your post so I can read through your own answers.

Happy New Year Y’all!

Deb

It’s Monday, what are you reading? (12/28/20)

I’ve been on vacation since last Wednesday and I’ll admit that I had a few books lined up to read. I got sidetracked by a Kristen Ashley jag last week, but I’m back on track reading an Arc of a book that comes out on Tuesday. However, yesterday I was sidetracked again by binge watching Bridgerton on Netflix. Has anyone else watched this? My husband even liked it! Of course, he’s a bit of a romantic and there was quite a bit of nudity but it was seriously well done. I would love to hear your thoughts, but I’ll get back to my post about what I’m reading, not watching. LOL.

This post originated over on Book Date, so thanks for the idea and letting me continue on the discussion about what books I am reading.

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If you love fast paced, action packed fantasy novels with kick booty heroines then this series is the one you need to read next. Threshold of Annihilation is the third book in the series and just as good as the first two. You will need to set aside time to read this on a day long binge because once your start the action does not stop. You will want to read it straight through from start to finish. I did.

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The pace of this book has thrown me off a bit since it’s much slower than the last few novels I’ve read. I need to sit down and immerse myself because this is a series I enjoy and I know I’m not giving it the time needed to really get into the story. I’m just at the start so it’s too soon to tell if it’s as good as the previous novels.

Now that you know what books I’ve been reading please share! Are you reading a holiday story? Or a happily ever after? Please share in the comments.

Deb

This Chicks Sunday Commentary: My Top 5 Most Anticipated Book Releases- Jan ’21

Without sounding like I’m on repeat, Friday is January 1st, the start of a new month and a much needed and wanted new year. Since I’m not re-capping the horrors and highlights from 2020… yet, I’ll just get on to the books I’m looking most forward to being released next month.

#5 MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK RELEASE

This novel set in 14th century England is a mix of fantasy and reality. I’m looking forward to reading how this author brings those fantasy elements to life in this Wild Swans re-telling!

Synopsis:

Where there is wealth and power, there’s always someone willing to do anything to take it.

England, 1381: Delia’s idyllic life as daughter of an earl is shattered when her father dies and his wife accuses Delia’s seven brothers of treason and murder. The youngest is only ten years old, but this doesn’t stop the guards from hauling them off to the Tower of London. There they await a grim fate, as child-king Richard II is executing anyone who poses a threat to his throne. Delia is their only hope for pardon and freedom.

Sir Geoffrey did not expect his first assignment as captain of the guard to be the arrest of boys so young. He dutifully imprisons the brothers, but he can’t ignore the sense, rooted in personal experience, that injustice and treachery are at work.

Determined to rescue her brothers, Delia secures a position as a seamstress for the queen. Her quest is all but impossible as the executions continue. Sir Geoffrey offers to be her ally, but should she trust him in a court where everyone has an agenda?

From New York Times bestselling author Melanie Dickerson comes a tender retelling of “The Wild Swans,” where the virtues of loyalty and love face a harrowing showdown with power and fear.

Click this link to purchase! Court of Swans (A Dericott Tale)

#4 MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK RELEASE

I don’t know why I haven’t read the previous novels in this series, but I love Jill Shalvis and there’s something about this synopsis that makes me think this will be the perfect escape from reality.

Synopsis:

When Maze returns to Wildstone for the wedding of her estranged bff and the sister of her heart, it’s also a reunion of a once ragtag team of teenagers who had only each other until a tragedy tore them apart and scattered them wide.

Now as adults together again in the lake house, there are secrets and resentments mixed up in all the amazing childhood memories. Unexpectedly, they instantly fall back into their roles: Maze their reckless leader, Cat the den mother, Heather the beloved baby sister, and Walker, a man of mystery. 

Life has changed all four of them in immeasurable ways. Maze and Cat must decide if they can rebuild their friendship, and Maze discovers her long-held attraction to Walker hasn’t faded with the years but has only grown stronger.

Click this link to purchase! The Forever Girl: A Novel (The Wildstone Series Book 6)

#3 MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK RELEASE

The first book in this series made me an instant fan and I can’t wait to read Enjoy the View and catch up on my favorite characters from Moose Springs, Alaska. These novels are rom-com’s with a lot of heart and the characters are nutty, gritty, and genuine. Sarah Morgenthaler is a new find and an author you want to share with everyone.

Synopsis:

Former Hollywood darling River Lane’s acting career is tanking fast. Determined to start fresh behind the camera, she agrees to film a documentary about the picturesque small town of Moose Springs, Alaska. The assignment should have been easy, but the quirky locals want nothing to do with River. Well, too bad: River’s going to make this film and prove herself, no matter what it takes.

Or what (literal) mountain she has to climb.

Easton Lockett may be a gentle giant, but he knows a thing or two about survival. If he can keep everyone in line, he should be able to get River and her crew up and down Mount Veil in one piece. Turns out that’s a big if. The wildlife’s wilder than usual, the camera crew’s determined to wander off a cliff, and the gorgeous actress is fearless. Falling for River only makes Easton’s job tougher, but there’s only so long he can hold out against her brilliant smile. When bad weather strikes, putting everyone at risk, it’ll take all of Easton’s skill to get them back home safely…and convince River she should stay in his arms for good.

Click this link to purchase! Enjoy the View (Moose Springs, Alaska, 3)

#2 MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK RELEASE

I really enjoyed this author’s previous novel Tweet Cute which put her on my radar for her next book release. Also a YA novel, this plot is reminiscent of Parent Trap or at least a cousin to it. What secrets would be revealed if you found out you had a long lost sister?

Synopsis:

When Abby signs up for a DNA service, it’s mainly to give her friend and secret love interest, Leo, a nudge. After all, she knows who she is already: Avid photographer. Injury-prone tree climber. Best friend to Leo and Connie…although ever since the B.E.I. (Big Embarrassing Incident) with Leo, things have been awkward on that front.

But she didn’t know she’s a younger sister.

When the DNA service reveals Abby has a secret sister, shimmery-haired Instagram star Savannah Tully, it’s hard to believe they’re from the same planet, never mind the same parents ― especially considering Savannah, queen of green smoothies, is only a year and a half older than Abby herself.

The logical course of action? Meet up at summer camp (obviously) and figure out why Abby’s parents gave Savvy up for adoption. But there are complications: Savvy is a rigid rule-follower and total narc. Leo is the camp’s co-chef, putting Abby’s growing feelings for him on blast. And her parents have a secret that threatens to unravel everything.

But part of life is showing up, leaning in, and learning to fit all your awkward pieces together. Because sometimes, the hardest things can also be the best ones.

Click this link to purchase! You Have a Match: A Novel

MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK RELEASE OF JAN’21!

For those of you who know me well, it won’t come as a surprise that Ilona Andrews newest release is my #1 pick for the month. This writing duo never disappoints and I’ve so been looking forward to Julie’s story!

Synopsis:

Atlanta was always a dangerous city. Now, as waves of magic and technology compete for supremacy, it’s a place caught in a slow apocalypse, where monsters spawn among the crumbling skyscrapers and supernatural factions struggle for power and survival.

Eight years ago, Julie Lennart left Atlanta to find out who she was. Now she’s back with a new face, a new magic, and a new name—Aurelia Ryder—drawn by the urgent need to protect the family she left behind. An ancient power is stalking her adopted mother, Kate Daniels, an enemy unlike any other, and a string of horrifying murders is its opening gambit.

If Aurelia’s true identity is discovered, those closest to her will die. So her plan is simple: get in, solve the murders, prevent the prophecy from being fulfilled, and get out without being recognized. She expected danger, but she never anticipated that the only man she’d ever loved could threaten everything.

One small misstep could lead to disaster. But for Aurelia, facing disaster is easy; it’s relationships that are hard.

Click this link to purchase! Blood Heir (Kate Daniels World Book 1)

I’ll admit, any time a book is released by Ilona Andrews I drop all plans to give myself a day to immerse myself and just read. I can’t wait.

What’s books are you looking forward to reading next month? I’m sure there are some great one’s on your own TBR, please share!

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Deborah

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It’s Monday, what are you reading? (12/21/2020)

The last weekend before Christmas and I was tucked away reading. Yes, reading! LOL. I actually had a Kristen Ashley book I needed to finish because the book was released last week and you know what? I really liked it which started my reading a couple other books of hers. I haven’t been this proliferate in quite some time. It felt good, honestly. Well, let’s get to it!

This post originated over on Book Date, so thanks for the idea and letting me continue on the discussion about what books I am reading.

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I read the second novel in this series first and was ecstatic that this author went back to her roots. The Dream Team series is a spin off of the Rock Chicks and so much fun!

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Here’s the thing. I had this one on my Kindle and since I was reading Kristen Ashley I decided to pick this one up. For me, it’s a series that’s had it’s ups and downs, but this is the last book and they were resolving the underlying storyline (which I’d almost forgotten what it was), so I thought since I had just read two books that I really enjoyed I’d start this one. I didn’t hate it, but it had elements of her current writing that I’m not too fond of , the biggest being too much sex and not enough story!

My next book will definitely not be a KA novel. LOL. I think three in a row is too much, but I seriously enjoyed two out of the three!

Now that you know what I’ve been up to, what book have you dusted off and dug into?

Enjoy your Monday!

Deb

It’s Monday, what are you reading? (12/7/20)

This weekend my husband and I put up our small tree, hung a wreathe and vôilá we were finished decorating for the holidays! It’s funny because I thought we’d go all out in order to keep our spirits up but we just didn’t have the energy. One change this year is that we put the tree up in our bedroom and I have to admit that reading a book in front of a lit tree is one of the highlights of the year. So, what book did I curl up reading? Let’s talk!

This post originated over on Book Date, so thanks for the idea and letting me continue on the discussion about what books I am reading.

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Minnie Cooper was born on New Years and her whole life was told that it’s an unlucky day and truthfully bad things do seem to happen on her birthday. Meeting her boyfriend at a New Years party she gets locked in the bathroom and isn’t let out until the next morning by the host who happens to be another New Years baby. The one that took her name and all of her luck on the day she was born. The story of Minnie and Quinn’s friendship was funny, sad, heart-breaking, and heart-melting. It’s my first five star read in awhile.

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OK, I haven’t yet started this book but it sounds interesting! Set in WWII a young film producer follows the story of some female pilots when they start getting murdered one by one. This may be a nice change of pace to start off my week!

Now that you know what book I’m reading this fine Monday, please share in the comments. What book will you be starting your week reading?

Happy Monday!

Deb

It’s Monday, what are you reading? (11/30/2020)

I had the last week off and read three books! I think that’s my record for one week since this pandemic started. It felt good! I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend in the US. It’s back to work for me today! Here’s what I’ll be starting my week off reading.

This post originated over on Book Date, so thanks for the idea and letting me continue on the discussion about what books I am reading.

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I stayed up too late finishing this book last night. A story about a family who’s roots are in Italy. A generations old curse, and a woman who was determined to find her lost love. This was one of those introspective stories that give a lesson as well as entertain. I liked it. A lot.

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I haven’t actually started this one yet, but this is next up! Here’s the synopsis:

Their lives began together, but their worlds couldn’t be more different. After thirty years of missed connections, they’re about to meet again…

Minnie Cooper knows two things with certainty: that her New Year’s birthday is unlucky, and that it’s all because of Quinn Hamilton, a man she’s never met. Their mothers gave birth to them at the same hospital just after midnight on New Year’s Day, but Quinn was given the cash prize for being the first baby born in London in 1990–and the name Minnie was meant to have, as well. With luck like that, it’s no wonder each of her birthdays has been more of a disaster than the one before.

When Minnie unexpectedly runs into Quinn at a New Year’s party on their mutual thirtieth birthday, she sees only more evidence that fortune has continued to favor him. The gorgeous, charming business owner truly seems to have it all–while Minnie’s on the brink of losing her pie-making company and her home. But if Quinn and Minnie are from different worlds, why do they keep bumping into each other? And why is it that each fraught encounter leaves them both wanting more?

A moving, joyful love story, This Time Next Year explores the way fate leads us to the people we least expect–no matter what the odds.

Now that you know what I’m starting my week reading, please share your book in the comments!

Happy Monday!

Deb